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Old 01-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #61
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seat height

Nice project .any idea what your seat height will be?
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:07 PM   #62
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Having a look at a GS500 myself tomorrow and this looks awesome!

I'd like to do something similar.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:47 PM   #63
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This is a really cool project. I had a 1982 4-valve per cylinder GS400E years ago and had mounted knobbies on and it worked really well. I was able to ride it through 3 winters in Ottawa with sheet metal screws in between the knobs. Offroad wasn't so hot as the bike was stock height, I would get stuck with the frame on the ground too much and I didn't have anythng to grab onto to pick up the rear end up out of the holes. Another problem I had was my aftermarket screen as it only had 2 clamps on the handlebars. I could go pretty good in the wash boards but I couldn't stand hearing it hammering on my headlight. It's a shame the US didn't get the 400E engine, it is way way better than the 2 valve GS400, 450, and 500.

I think your project will solve the issue of the 400/500 CC range dual sports not being able to keep up on the highway.

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Old 02-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #64
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Run around dirt roads and have run at Big Bend.
Bought new with fairing, ran solo 3200 mile Texas border hiway trip in 7 days.
Pulled front fairing for track days.
Barrelled it on turn 9 Texas world spdwy.
So decided to turn it into a beater. It's mine now.

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Katana 600 rear, racetech emulator and progressive springs up front

Avon AM43/44 for offroad. I don't think they have any better traction, but they have a thicker carcass and the front is taller so tends to track better in the soft.

It doesn't have good tire clearances so it probably would be no good in the mud.

Have run some supermoto track tires very well, have considered supermoto wets for sand running.

One must have for anyone dualsporting a GS is case guards, Don't get the factory guards, SW-Motech is far better.
On the track it made the difference between scrapping the bike or rebuilding.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #65
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Kreame tank sealent.
The only time I used it (and this was my fault) it leaked on me not long after.
but I had solid mounted the tank on a Sportster that I put a 79" stroker in.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #66
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GS500 dual sport

With the right suspension and engine protection, do you think it would be possible to do some stages of the T,A,T in the summer?
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:21 PM   #67
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With the right suspension and engine protection, do you think it would be possible to do some stages of the T,A,T in the summer?
Yes.From all I have seen of the TAT,it could be done with a little suspension lift,skid plate,bark busters,and proper tires.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #68
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You could do the tat on a stock GS500 with decent dual sport tires from Tennessee to Colorado depending on the weather. There would be a few sections that may challenge you, and you might not be able to keep the same pace as a dual sport...but there were very few instances I really needed a dual sport. After New Mexico though, I bet it gets a bit tougher.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:23 AM   #69
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Haven't checked in for a while and wanted to leave a quick update. The project is still moving. New position at work and lots of travel slowed me down over the last couple months. That, and I would love a heated garage.

Hopefully with the warmer weather on the way I'll start making some steady progress again. As far as I can tell on the SV650 rear shock, final word is that it must be cut and redrilled. I can't make it fit any other way.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:26 AM   #70
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Haven't checked in for a while and wanted to leave a quick update. The project is still moving. New position at work and lots of travel slowed me down over the last couple months. That, and I would love a heated garage.

Hopefully with the warmer weather on the way I'll start making some steady progress again. As far as I can tell on the SV650 rear shock, final word is that it must be cut and redrilled. I can't make it fit any other way.

thanks for the update i anxiously await your progress! i have a GS500 and am planning on the same thing, just as soon as i can convince my wife that its....necessary... uh, any ideas on that?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #71
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Looking forward to seeing progress. I've been considering doing some kind of DS frankenbiking to my GS as well.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #72
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This project is awesome. It is exactly what I have been planning for over a year. I finally also found a GS and am in the process of doing a milder version of what you've done. I decided to keep the stock forks with better springs and valving (for now) but I may go to something like an early Honda CR or XL fork later down the road. Great looking project.

Here is a thread I have been posting about my bike if your interested.
My GS500e Adventure Project

Keep up the good work!!!

This is the current status of the bike, But I currently have the front ripped apart working on the forks.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:32 PM   #73
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This project is awesome. It is exactly what I have been planning for over a year. I finally also found a GS and am in the process of doing a milder version of what you've done. I decided to keep the stock forks with better springs and valving (for now) but I may go to something like an early Honda CR or XL fork later down the road. Great looking project.

Here is a thread I have been posting about my bike if your interested.
My GS500e Adventure Project

Keep up the good work!!!

This is the current status of the bike, But I currently have the front ripped apart working on the forks.
Good to see you made it over from the twins forum.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #74
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any one know if a dr350s rear wheel will work, on the gs500?
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #75
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any one know if a dr350s rear wheel will work, on the gs500?
Yes,but they are not a direct swap.See this thread and just reverse engineer what dbarale did.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742198

Pre 97 DR650 used the same swing arm as the GS.May wanna find that entire rear wheel set up with spacers,cush drive,brakes,and all.
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